Climate Change Champions – The bottom-line benefits of going green

Written by Tom Allen-Stevens from CPM Magazine

Download PDF A move to regenerative agriculture for a West Midlands grower has already improved soil and plant health and reduced reliance on synthetic inputs. CPM visits to find out how these values can now be traded on emerging markets. We’re sequestering large amounts of carbon through the regenerative agriculture practices we follow. We want to take control of that. By Tom Allen-Stevens Michael Kavanagh scoops up some quinoa from the heap and inspects the sample cupped in his hands. “This is red quinoa, which has a richer taste and nuttier flavour compared with the more common white type,” he explains. “It’s a tricky crop. You harvest it when it’s green and you can’t use glyphosate. In fact, there are very few chemicals you can use on it. But then that fits with our farming system. We’re losing chemicals hand over fist, and we want to make the most of farming without them,” he says. He gestures to the cluster of IBCs over the other side of the shed. These are where he makes up his biological “brew” – a range of complementary bacteria are multiplied up with molasses and applied to the crop at every pass with the sprayer.…
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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...